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Thursday, 24 November 2005
Eloquence in Simplicity
Now Playing: Engadget Podcast - 11/22/05
Topic: Personal or Reflective
I couldn't have said it better myself.

Old news but here's why my apartment has been so cold (and why my mail is now in danger). In chronological and incresing magnitude of eloquent BS (left-->right), from my otherwise excellent landlord:

Posted by cph19 at 4:35 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005 11:10 PM EST
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Wednesday, 23 November 2005 + LivePlasma
Now Playing: Bloc Party - This Modern Love
Topic: Web 2.0
LivePlasma + = a visual, mashed up way to explore your musical tastes

(based on a search for Broken Social Scene)

Posted by cph19 at 12:47 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005 12:50 AM EST
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Tuesday, 22 November 2005
Snowboarding Circa '90/'91
Now Playing: Guster - Two Points for Honesty
Topic: Personal or Reflective
Thanks to Wired for the hat tip on First Descent, a snowboard movie coming out on Dec. 2nd (trailer here). There's been a long list of cheesy mainstream snowboard films (I don't even want to name them) but the five riders in this film, including Farmer, Nick Perata, and Terje are formidable. (If you haven’t heard of the first two, keep reading; if you haven’t heard of Terje then you’re not a snowboarder). The riding includes AK and hopefully very little jibbing so I'm reserving judgment on this movie.

I'm not opposed to jibbing but it's not what snowboarding is about. People ask me about snowboarding and I say that I love it. When they ask me if I'm good, I usually shrug my shoulders because that's the way I am. Go watch Damien Sanders and Farmer in Critical Condition and learn where snowboarding originated. It was anti-establishment and all about pissing off people (skiers and the ski patrol).

If you haven't heard of the movie of those two riders, go pour through old snowboard magazines (like Transworld and Snowboarder) and then read Susanna Howe's book, (Sick) : A Cultural History of Snowboarding.

You owe it to yourself and to the sport to know snowboarding's roots. Were you riding back in '90/'91? Do you remember the first jib revolution, epitomized by the Snow Summit scene and the Ride crew? How about that famous Division 23 ad with Peter Line and his favorite magazine? I used to read the new snowboard magazine issues religiously, calling them my bibles and treating them as such.

The snow has started falling here in western NY and I can't wait.

Posted by cph19 at 10:46 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 22 November 2005 10:56 PM EST
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Monday, 21 November 2005
Support Bloggers' Rights!
Now Playing: The Cure - Mint Car
Topic: Personal or Reflective
I owe a lot of my interest and passion on the future of the internet, technology, and culture to Lessig so this is the least I can do:

Support Bloggers' Rights!

For more Lessig fun, see him in the video of the recent debate on the Google Print Library project.

Currently Playing: The Cure - Mint Car

Posted by cph19 at 10:31 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 22 November 2005 9:08 PM EST
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Sunday, 20 November 2005
The Most Difficult Week of My Life
Now Playing: Lemon Jelly - Come
Topic: Creative Class
There's not much more to say than it was a difficult week. There was no flow this past week but I'm looking forward to finding it- "the feeling people get when their activities require focus and concentration but are also incredibly enjoyable and rewarding" (HBR pdf link).

It's been three years since hearing Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talk about flow but I had tucked away in the back on my mind. It came up in the HBR quoted article above and it was another one of those ah-hah moments that I love so much.


With some free time now, check out Flickr Explore and (which Fred posted about recently) but I never delved into until now.

Currently Listening: Lemon Jelly - Come

Posted by cph19 at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2005 5:39 PM EST
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Monday, 14 November 2005
Sweet Virginia

Currently listening: Gomez - Sweet Virginia

Presentation style inspiration for Wed. night

Posted by cph19 at 6:33 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 14 November 2005 8:24 PM EST
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Sunday, 13 November 2005
As Cool As It Gets
Now Playing: Imogen Heap - Goodnight and Go

UPDATE (11/18/05): Oops, forgot that I had already posted this photo.

Posted by cph19 at 9:27 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 18 November 2005 1:39 AM EST
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Links are the Currency of the Internet
Topic: Web 2.0
Fred gets it, so well in fact that I'm forced to break the MIA rule now the 2nd time and post his thoughts below:

" I have written before that links are the currency of the Internet. That continues to be lost on the major media. As I browse around the New York Times online this afternoon, I find so few links in the stories. They should look like Wikipedia, not a newspaper. This is the Internet after all.

Links are so fundamental on the Internet. Not using links is like not using commas or periods. If you think about Google, the current king (or at least Starbucks) of the Internet, they have built their whole platform on links. The New York Times doesn't link out very much. So how do they expect others to want to link back?

I use the Internet like I follow a conversation, I read something, it contains a link, I follow it, I read more, I learn more, and so on and so forth. "

I couldn't agree more.

Posted by cph19 at 10:54 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005 10:55 AM EST
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Another Sunday Morning...
Now Playing: Aqualung - Falling Out of Love
Topic: Personal or Reflective
From one of the world's most popular political blogs, a link to The Buffalo News. Their servers have probably never seen so much traffic to an opinion piece before (Leonard Pitts writes for The Miami Herald but why deal w/ their free membership page).

Like Merry Fitzmas, this post is for my brother.

Posted by cph19 at 8:09 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005 10:21 AM EST
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Monday, 7 November 2005
MIA until November 16th
Now Playing: DJ Shadow vs. Keane - We Might As Well Be Strangers
I swore to myself no blogging until the Capstone for my Masters Program is finished. Short and simple: I'll be MIA until Nov. 16th, no email, no phone, no blogging.

And again, it's cold in my apartment.

Currently Listening (the Capstone-cranking mix):
  • The Bravery- Honest Mistake*
  • DJ Shadow vs. Keane - We Might As Well Be Strangers
  • Broken Social Scene - Hotel*
  • Josh Rouse - Directions* (my old standby, helped me finish my undergrad thesis)

    * iTunes links *

    UPDATE (11/9/05): Thanks to NPR this morning (listen to the end of the audio clip), now cranking to 50 Cent's "Best Friend" (iTunes link).

    Posted by cph19 at 11:56 PM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2005 9:24 PM EST
  • Saturday, 5 November 2005
    Justin Loves Martha Stewart
    Now Playing: KCRW
    Topic: Personal or Reflective

    F-ing great, I love it Justin (especially the fake mullet). Wish I had been in Chicago for the party. Hat tip to Patrick for directing me to Gants' blog (where I found the above photo). Patrick also suggested checking out Apple's video on their new Aperture software.

    Posted by cph19 at 12:15 PM EST
    Updated: Saturday, 5 November 2005 10:00 PM EST
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    Thursday, 3 November 2005
    It's Late Again...
    Now Playing: Ariana Stewart - Daddy's Baby Girl
    Topic: Personal or Reflective

    See Ariana Stewart's page for an audio stream of "Daddy's Baby Girl."

    Posted by cph19 at 2:21 AM EST
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    Tuesday, 1 November 2005
    Lack of Sleep Makes You Fat and Stupid
    Now Playing: Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    Damn, I'm screwed: Lack of Sleep Makes You Fat and Stupid

    Posted by cph19 at 1:30 AM EST
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    Monday, 31 October 2005
    It's a Podcast Night
    Now Playing: Jonathan Coulton - Baby Got Back
    From the most recent podcast w/ Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine and Flat Tax fame, an optimistic outlook on the future. Life is too short to be a pessimist or according to Giuliani a month ago, life is more fun as an optimist. Compare that to the crowd's response when Jon Stewart asked that same day what we thought of the future (loud booing which I can only consider a pessimistic response).

    Here's the full transcript, below are my favorite excerpts:

    "On a global basis, the world is doing better than most people seem to think...perceptions are lagging reality...We are making progress. Things are moving in the right direction."

    Five years out:
    "...As broadband becomes a common place, full broadband, not what we have now....the possibility of delivery of services, what it means in terms of communication around the world, in terms of creating things that we've never even thought of before, it will be profound.

    It?s not just going to be new industries, new services, new products only, it will also be existing companies also will learn how to use this new technology, they?re going to transform themselves and be able to provide traditional services in ways that we can't even imagine today."

    "...What the economists call the trend line is profoundly positive. We are living in an era that should be one of the most innovative, inventive eras, an era where the sum of human liberties is going to expand in profoundly positive ways. People are going to look back and say that was a golden age. You never know it was a golden age when you live through it, but looking back it's going to be a good era I think."

    Music from last night and today: Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)
    Currently listening (hat tip to Fred's Podcast): Jonathan Coulton - Baby Got Back

    Posted by cph19 at 7:56 PM EST
    Updated: Tuesday, 1 November 2005 1:28 AM EST
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    Sunday, 30 October 2005
    Sunday Afternoon Musings
    Now Playing: Broken Social Scene - Hotel
    Miss Saigon last night was great. I've never seen the show and had heard only a little about it (mostly about the helicopter) and the show didn't disappoint. From the opening scene to my favorites, the Ho Chi Min number with the old communist bloc facade and any of those scenes with the Engineer, the show was definitely entertaining. We met Will after the show and headed back to the Hyatt Regency for a drink. It was a funny scene, Halloween revelers downtown mixed in with a wedding/black tie event at the hotel and us & few cast and crew at the small hotel bar.

    Saw this flier while at the show, De La Soul on Nov. 16th. Hmmm...

    More on music:
    It's taken since June (when I first posted on the XV6000) to figure this out, but thanks to RadioShack, I can now play any internet music streams (i.e. KCRW) in my car.

    The 3/32" end plugs into the XV6600 and then I plug my tape-adapter into the adapter's 1/8" stereo jack and voil?, the EVDO connection on the smartphone pumps internet radio through my crappy car speakers ( better than having to hold the phone's speaker up to my ear while driving). Yeah this may be geeky for most out there but I need to have good music when I'm driving.

    Last but not least, the High Falls Film Festival is back. Quickly scanning the list of films, this one on Sarah Silverman jumped out at me. Still haven't seen The Aristocrats down at The Little yet, but read that she and Bob Sagat (yes, that guy from from Full House and AFHV) were hilarious in that too.

    November is shaping up to be a busy month, stay tuned.

    Posted by cph19 at 4:23 PM EDT
    Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005 7:53 PM EDT
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    Saturday, 29 October 2005
    In Doonesbury
    Now Playing: Broken Social Scence - It's All Gonna Break
    Again late to the news but noteworthy for those outside of western NY: RIT mentioned in Doonesbury

    The D&C's angle:
    " The national notice came with a bit of a backhanded gibe at RIT. Alex's mother indicates that her list of schools — which this week includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — was "a bit geek-heavy." "

    Hat tip to Wired for recommending Broken Social Scene (iTunes link)

    Posted by cph19 at 1:56 PM EDT
    Updated: Saturday, 29 October 2005 2:17 PM EDT
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    Drunk Dial Emails
    Now Playing: NPR
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    It's 8:30am on Sat. morning and thanks to JK, I'm laughing my ass off. Thank you Mr. Soon-to-be-Ph.D for that drunk-dial email, it was hilarious (edited for language but the formatting is original):

    From: John <•••••>
    To: Chris <••••••>
    Date: Oct 29, 2005 4:17 AM
    Subject: to

    " MEKIN motha fuckaeaa.a.a.a


    ayou are you are gubig fat wussy. Moth fuya auflc a.

    sucki it

    see you skiing at breck. Bring your brain buc,et.or else… "

    Posted by cph19 at 8:39 AM EDT
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    Friday, 28 October 2005
    Chink in Web 2.0's Armour?
    Now Playing: Common - The Food (feat. Kayne West)
    Topic: Web 2.0
    Had to laugh at Wired's article on Web 2.0, below is the funny part (emphasis added):

    " While there's no strict agreement on exactly what Web 2.0 is, much of it involves public participation and contributions from the commons.

    Web 2.0 is very open, but all that openness has its downside: When you invite the whole world to your party, inevitably someone pees in the beer.

    These days, peed-in beer is everywhere.
    Blogs begat splogs -- junk diaries filled with keyword-rich text to lure traffic for ad revenue. "

    And of course Nicholas Carr (of IT Doesn't Matter fame/infamy) adds his two cents:
    " "Online, free media is one of the contributing factors to the shrinking circulation of good newspapers," he said. "Now, traditional media is shifting away from large investments in bureaus and hard reporting, and towards cheaper content and opinion-making. It's hard for me to imagine participatory media devoting investments to hard, investigative or overseas reporting. The healthiest scenario would be one in which both kinds of media thrive." "

    Even Flickr gets its chance:
    " Not all Web 2.0 endeavors are wracked with problems. Take the online photo-sharing service Flickr, which, despite its open nature and robust membership growth, has so far remained relatively parasite-resistant. "

    Posted by cph19 at 12:46 AM EDT
    Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005 12:48 AM EDT
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    Thursday, 27 October 2005
    Why I Love the Web
    Now Playing: Sia - Breathe Me (Four Tet remix)
    1) The new website looks amazing; nice, clean style and XHTML/CSS goodness makes me happy. I'm a little late on this (new design went live 10/2) but congratulations on the new site and to the designer.

    2) The Economist again, IP, Patents, and Innovation in the Marketplace

    3) The answer to a national wi-fi initiative, straight outta Japan: unmanned aircraft drones

    4) The Magazine Aisle Experiment
    Without a doubt, my favorite aisle in the grocery store is the books/magazine aisle. I finish all of my other shopping and save the magazine area for last, as a treat to myself. The experiment is deciding which single magazine from the racks of magazines at your local grocery store/bookstore that best represents you. I'd choose WIRED and the wide range of articles in Issue 13.11 explains why I love the magazine.

    5) Kansas up to antics again and even copyright law can't slow down intelligent design:
    " While the copyright denial could cause delay in their adoption, as the standards are rewritten, it is unlikely to derail the board's conservative majority in its mission to require that challenges to Darwin's theories be taught in the state's classrooms." (NY Times)

    6) Merry Fitzmas (this is just for my brother)

    Posted by cph19 at 9:40 PM EDT
    Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005 1:39 AM EDT
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    Wednesday, 26 October 2005
    The Colbert Report
    For those at the Jon Stewart show a couple weeks back, it should be no surprise that Comedy Central and its brand of political satire is extremely popular and influential.

    The NY Times covered the Daily Shows' spin-off show, "The Colbert Report," comparing this best of breed humor with the stale, lackadaisical humor of SNL.

    " Mr. Colbert's on-camera persona may not wear well over the long term, but for now at least "The Colbert Report" is a worthy spin off, an icy-cold beer chaser to the shot of whiskey that is "The Daily Show." "

    And besides, anyone poking fun at FNC is okay in my book.

    Posted by cph19 at 12:12 AM EDT
    Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005 1:18 AM EDT
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